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Inspire Me! Holiday Contest: Hurry – Only 2 Days Left to Enter!

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hwtm holiday entertaining contest

{“Holiday in the City” dinner party}

There are only 2 days left to enter the Inspire Me! Holiday Entertaining Contest – the cut off is TOMORROW night (December 16th) at midnight EST! Remember that you can submit both inspiration boards or actual pictures… here’s a link to all the contest details.

Pictured above & below are a few examples of the current contest entries – which include everything from elegant dinner parties to festive cocktail parties to fun ideas for kids!

hwtm holiday entertaining contest

{“A Pink & Silver Christmas” inspiration board}

A recap of the prizes up for grabs: $1250 (first place) & $500 (2nd place) gift cards to Crate & Barrel, plus the $250 Modern Entertaining Essentials Prize pack, a year’s supply of VIVA® paper towels, and more for all 3 winners! {Prizes generously sponsored by VIVA® Diva Cafe}

hwtm holiday entertaining contest

{DIY Martini Glass Charms for a “Swanky Snowflake Soiree}

hwtm holiday entertaining contest

{Polar Express Cake}

(More entries after the jump…)

hwtm holiday entertaining contest

{“Pink & Blue Holiday” baby shower}

hwtm holiday entertaining contest

{“Girls Gift Swap” holiday party}

hwtm holiday entertaining contest

{“Festive Kids’ Table” inspiration board}

Visit the flickr contest gallery to check out lots more entries – and to find some inspiration for your own holiday get-togethers!

{Note: for some reason when you’re logged into your flickr account you can see about twice as many entries as you can when you’re not logged in. Not sure why this is happening, but we’ll be creating a separate photo album with all the entries on Facebook soon so that EVERYONE can see all of the pics!

{To enter the contest, you can email your entries to [email protected] or add them to the contest gallery yourself… complete details on the contest page.}

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

23 responses to “Inspire Me! Holiday Contest: Hurry – Only 2 Days Left to Enter!”

  1. Tenille says:

    Is there any way to get the directions or website where you found the DIY martini snowflake glass charms.
    I am new at this and sure where to search.
    Thank you in advance!

  2. Sonia says:

    The “Holiday In The City” pic is fabulous!

  3. jenn s. says:

    Hi Tenille –
    The person that submitted that photo gave a little bit of info on the picture over at the gallery. Here’s the direct link:

    She says they’re scrapbook stickers – but they look like they might have been embellished with adhesive rhinestones. In any case, I’ve seen something similar at Michaels, and I’ll post a comment on the pic and see if she has the exact purchasing info. Keep you posted :)

  4. Addy says:

    The Holiday in the City table is beautiful. Were professional decorators allowed to enter?

  5. Mona says:

    Exquisite!! Holiday in the City has my vote. If this person doesn’t do this professionally, they should.

  6. Tyrone says:

    I vote for the Holiday in the City. Does this person have a company? I would like to hire them.

  7. jenn s. says:

    Yep – we didn’t restrict who could enter the contest because the ultimate goal for having this contest is to create a huge gallery full of holiday decorating inspiration for people to reference all in one spot – so we wanted to leave it open to everyone. You might be surprised who is and isn’t a “pro” though! ;)

    As for the voting – that will open up to readers when the finalists are announced Wednesday at noon!

  8. amw333 says:


    I posted the Holiday in the city pics. I am not a professional decorator. I hosted a dinner party and a friend of mine who was familiar with HWTM suggested that I enter the contest. Thanks.

  9. Sarah says:

    The polar express cake is a fun alternative to the traditional gingerbread house!

  10. Tenille says:

    Thank you Jenn!

  11. Bingkychic says:

    I have logged into Flikr as suggested but I still only see one pic for the top entry. Are there more pictures? If there are more, how can I access them? I have gone through the website and I see several for others but only one for this one. Am I missing something?

  12. jenn s. says:

    Hi Bingkychic –
    Do you mean you only see one pic for the entire gallery or one pic for the top image in this post – the “holiday in the city” picture?

    If it’s the latter – there are actually 3 images for that entry, and as of now they’re on the bottom of the first page:

    Here’s a direct link to just those 3 images as well:

    If you’re not able to see pics in the gallery in general, let me know and I’ll try to help you figure out what’s happening.

  13. Bingkychic says:

    Thank you Jenn S.

    Those pics are pretty. Unfortunately, these additional pics are not showing in the gallery showing pics for all of the entries. It would be a shame to miss some of the entry pics. Great contest!

    I’m not familiar with Flikr but it appears it doesn’t capture all of the info the webmaster may have intended. That’s unfortunate.

  14. Gina says:

    Checked out the contest entries this morning and there are so many all of a sudden! Everything looks so cool!

  15. bingkychic says:

    When will viewers be able to vote for their favorite decoration? Will there be a voting button or something? This is so cool and exciting. Sort of like the decoration contest shows on the tele but this time we get to participate!

    • jenn s. says:

      Yep! Starting Wednesday afternoon, readers will be able to vote on the top 10 finalists – so you guys will pick the top 3 winners! Details on how to vote will be in the post, which goes up at noon PST. :)

  16. Addy says:

    Where are other pictures for Holiday in the City?
    or is that the only one?

  17. bingkychic says:

    Thanks Jenn

    Still don’t see the other pics in the gallery for that first person’s entry (Holiday in the City). I really like that one. I will be sure to vote tomorrow!

    P.S. thanks for your speedy responses and assistance. Happy holidays!

  18. Lindsan says:

    Great pictures. I am so sad international peeps can’t submit. I would have loved to participate.

  19. Gaia says:

    Oh g8 pix.
    Where can I find details for the pink and silver inspiration board?

  20. Anne says:

    I just love the snowflake martini glass! How festive, how fun! Always great ideas to be found on your blog. Thanks!


  21. jenn s. says:

    Gaia –
    Here’s a direct link to that picture in the contest gallery. I asked the reader to post some sourcing info, so hopefully she’ll be able to do that soon!
    Jenn :)

  22. jenn s. says:

    Hi Addy –
    Here’s a link to the “Holiday in the City” set on flickr:

    I see 3 pics when I click on the link (pretty much the same pic but 3 different angles), but it sounds like something strange is going on with flickr because other people aren’t seeing all of them, plus several images don’t appear when one is not actually logged into a flickr account.

    I have to say that flickr is definitely frustrating me with the “disappearing images” thing….I’m probably going to have to download all the entries and create an additional gallery somewhere else tonight…sigh :0